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Near South Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of Echo Summit

 
 
Site of Echo Summit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 27, 2015
1. Site of Echo Summit Marker
Inscription. In 1968, Echo Summit served as a high-altitude training center and site of the U.S. Olympic Men's Track and Field Trials. Four world records were shattered here on the track carved out of the El Dorado National Forest. The U.S. team selected for the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City was celebrated worldwide for its athletic dominance and deep commitment to racial equality.
 
Erected 2013 by California State Parks and the United States Forest Service. (Marker Number 1048.)
 
Location. 38° 48.859′ N, 120° 2.053′ W. Marker is near South Lake Tahoe, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 50. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21200 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe CA 96155, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yank’s Station (approx. 3.1 miles away); John (Snowshoe) Thompson (approx. 3.1 miles away); Yank’s Added Station (approx. 3.1 miles away); Strawberry Valley House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Summer Retreat (approx. 7.6 miles away); Old Emigrant Road (approx. 7.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Caples Lake (approx. 7.8 miles away); Kirkwood's (approx. 8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Return to Echo Summit. Track and Field News'
Site of Echo Summit Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 27, 2015
2. Site of Echo Summit Marker - Wide View
article on the historical recognition the site has received: ...The Forest Service approved the construction of a 400-meter track in the middle of the forest atop Echo Summit. Hundreds of Ponderosa pine remained inside the oval.... Four world records were broken at the Echo Summit Trials – Carlos (19.7 seconds in the 200 meters), Lee Evans (44.0 in the 400 meters), Geoff Vanderstock (48.8 in the 400-meter hurdles) and Bob Seagren (17 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault).... The records set by Carlos and Smith at Echo Summit were never officially ratified because of the “brush” spikes on their shoes, though statisticians have always considered their marks legitimate.... The men’s team selected at Echo Summit was one of the strongest in Olympic track history. The U.S. men won 12 gold medals and broke six world records in Mexico City. (Submitted on October 7, 2015.) 
 
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Echo Summit Olympic Practice Site - Now a Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 27, 2015
3. Echo Summit Olympic Practice Site - Now a Parking Lot
The practice site is now a parking lot, and little remains of the track other than the vaguely oval-shaped parking lot. The track itself was disassembled and reinstalled at the South Lake Tahoe Intermediate School, although it has since been replaced.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 30, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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